Another Rays player has gone on the Disabled List, once again making the month feel impossible. Lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser was throwing a few MPH slower after his promotion when Jeff Beliveau became injured, and has now eliminated the Rays left handed depth in the bullpen.
In total, the Rays now have 12 men on the Disabled List, and 17 injured in total. To put things in perspective, here is the comprehensive list of the sidelined players.
Men on a disabled list are marked in bold, players sidelined for any amount of time italicized.
RH Alex Cobb - DL | forearm tendinitis
LH Drew Smyly - DL | shoulder tendinitis
RH Chris Archer
LH Matt Moore - DL | Tommy John
RH Jake Odorizzi
RH Alex Colome - DL | pneumonia weight loss
RH Nate Karns
RH Burch Smith - DL | Tommy John
LH Enny Romero - MiLB DL | back injury
RH Matt Andriese
CL Jake McGee (L) - DL | elbow bone spur surgery
SU Brad Boxberger
SU Kevin Jepsen
MD Ernesto Frieri
MD Grant Balfour - released
MD Steve Geltz
MD Jeff Beliveau (L) - DL | torn labrum
LM Erasmo Ramirez
MD Kirby Yates - optioned to add proper depth
MD Jose Dominguez
MD C.J. Riefenhauser (L) - DL | shoulder inflammation
MD Brandon Gomes
DH John Jaso - DL | left wrist sprain
1B James Loney - DL | oblique
2B Nick Franklin - DL | oblique
SS Asdrubal Cabrera - eye injury
3B Evan Longoria - hit by pitch
LF Desmond Jennings
CF Kevin Kiermaier - illness
RF Steven Souza Jr - forearm strain
C1 Rene Rivera
C2 Bobby Wilson
INF Logan Forsythe
OF Brandon Guyer
OF David DeJesus
C3 Curt Casali
1B/3B Juan Francisco - opted out of contract
INF Tim Beckham
2B Ryan Brett - DL | dislocated shoulder
OF Mikie Mahtook
1B Allan Dykstra
Added to the 12 on the major league disabled list, and the 17 injured in total, are three players not on the roster for contractual reasons. Francisco is now playing in Japan, while relievers Balfour and Yates are in DFA limbo.
Replacing CJR on the roster could eventually be Jordan Norberto, the former Athletics reliever who suffered back-to-back Tommy John surgeries before joining the Rays on a minor league deal. Through five appearances, Norberto has 7.2 IP and 11 K's with 2 BB's and 5 Hits, allowing one run. That's good for a 1.17 ERA and 2.73 FIP.
In the meantime, the Rays have re-promoted outfielder Mikie Mahtook to give the bench another weapon on offense as the Rays look to claim their first series against the Red Sox.
Among the Rays soon to return, Drew Smyly is likely skipping his final rehab start to join the Rays on Friday against the Blue Jays, while James Loney is likely to re-join the team on Saturday from his oblique strain.